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We’re almost a week away from October, and that means it’s almost time for the playoffs to finally begin. Just the Phillies and Tigers have locked up spots so far (by way of a division title), but the largest elimination number remaining for a division is seven, and the Yankees shouldn’t have too much trouble with that. In fact, the AL East is the only division that can still be won by three different teams. Teams on the outside are hanging by a thread, but that’ll just make them fight harder than ever, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 19, before the day’s games:
The Phillies‘ recent record is a bit deceiving; their Big Three in the rotation is putting up championship numbers. Arizona still has to deal with holding off the Giants’ eight-game win streak and isn’t in a position to do anything about Philadelphia.
Milwaukee is dangerous at home, and they recently swept Cincinnati on the road. Atlanta recently had some trouble with the Mets, and they really can’t hope to do much against Greinke and Gallardo in Milwaukee.
Texas is 7-3 in its last 10; New York is 4-6. Texas has plenty of offense, and while New York has a good bullpen, there are questions about whether or not the starters can get to that point. If they can’t, and especially if C.C. Sabathia can’t put together two gems, then Texas will walk away with the series (again).
The Red Sox have been on a very large slide at the very worst time of the season. With the bullpen getting taxed and the starters and defense slipping (and the offense banged up and not what it should be), Detroit has a big advantage.
|#1||New York Yankees|
|#W||Boston Red Sox|
|Rangers def. Yankees||Tigers def. Red Sox||Phillies def. D-Backs||Brewers def. Braves|
|Tigers def. Rangers||Phillies def. Brewers|
|Phillies def. Tigers|